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Book Review: FANTASMAGORIANA: “The Death Bride”

The basic antagonist of the tale, the titular Death Bride, is formidable enough. The vengeful wraith of a woman who was cruel in life, driving her lover to his death, returns to prey on the living. This entity can assume other identities, but not the identity of any living person. Thus she appears as a…

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Rory Kinnear Is Returning to PENNY DREADFUL; The Monster Is Not

Remember that rumor from a few weeks back that Rory Kinnear would be appearing in the new Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS? At the time I cautioned skepticism. Turns out I was half right and half wrong. News has broken that Rory Kinnear *will* be starring in the revamped series after all—but he…

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Why Jack the Ripper Has NOT Been Identified

You can’t log onto the Internet this week without seeing the headline everywhere proclaiming that Jack the Ripper has been identified through DNA testing. A little critical thinking is required here, and as I haven’t seen much of that, I reckon I’ll take the reins. First I’ll give you the claim, then I’ll offer several…

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Karlen Hospitalized

For all you DARK SHADOWS fans out there, I’m afraid I have some bad news to impart. Beloved actor John Karlen has suffered a stroke and is currently hospitalized. I don’t know how severe the stroke was, but at Mr. Karlen’s age (he is 85) even a less severe incident can still be plenty severe…

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Jack the Ripper Identified Again

I recall reading all about this a few years back. As I recall, the Science behind it was sketchy. Why is it in the news again? Because the book is coming out. Has the Science become any more credible? Probably the news sites are just reporting it as it is fed to them, sans any…

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Ruminations on the Season (Series?) Finale of THE PASSAGE

One week to the day after it aired, I finally had enough leisure time to sit down and view the two-hour season (and quite possibly the series) finale. All things considered, it was as satisfying an ending as I could have hoped for. I knew the basic storyline of the novels upon which the show…

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Fessenden Does Frankenstein

This is news that gets me excited. Writer/Director Larry Fessenden, who has previously graced the world with such stupendous films as WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER, and BENEATH, is taking a stab at Frankenstein! Here’s the official spiel for the film DEPRAVED, due out on the festival circuit this month: “Alex (Owen Campbell) leaves his girlfriend…

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No more DEATH DAY, Bughuul heading to TV?

I’d be fine with it, actually, if Jason Blum brought his SINISTER franchise, along with its star Bughuul to television, as he recently suggested he might do on Twitter. This announcement came after he answered a fan’s question regarding the possibility of seeing SINISTER 3 in theaters with a resounding “nope.” (In regards to television…

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Was there a REAL Phantom of the Opera?

Okay, so Gaston Leroux (No one hits like Gaston! Matches wits like Gaston! In a spitting match nobody spits like Gaston!…What, nobody? Really?) was a journalist before he became a novelist with his THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1911. The book was, in fact, first published as a series of articles in the French…

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Victor Hugo on Dracula

Some interesting things purported in this linked article. Allegations that the Ottoman Sultan kept Vlad Dracula’s head in a container filled with honey? I’d not heard that one before. It is commonly accepted in Dracula lore than the Sultan did have Vlad’s head displayed after the latter’s assassination, as a warning to others who might…

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Baker Book and PLAN 9 Model Kit

Monsters in Motion is a repository for all kinds of cool stuff. Stuff you can’t get anywhere else. I’m not getting paid to pimp them, either. This is strictly voluntary on my part. I do that sometimes, with sites I like. I have in the past purchased a THE TINGLER model kit from M.I.M.. My…

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A Word to the Unwise

I get a lot of requests from people wanting me to transform them into vampires, or wanting me to tell them how to transform themselves into vampires. I don’t even bother responding, most of the time. I don’t know if these are people who are mentally disturbed, or if the requests are from children, or…

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